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Art, Design and Architecture Theory

An introduction to library resources and learning skills support for students studying histories and theories of art, design or architecture.

Featured Books

Key Theorists (A Printable Reading List)

Browsing and Searching for Theory

Browse the following call numbers in the Caulfield Library:

  • 069 Museology, museum science
  • 111.85 Aesthetics
  • 126 The self
  • 142 Critical theory (philosophy)
  • 149.97 Postmodernism (philosophy)
  • 190 Philosophy (modern western)
  • 302.2 Semiotics
  • 305.42 Feminism
  • 325.3 Postcolonial discourse
  • 700.415 Symbolism (art)
  • 701 Philosophy and theory (art)
  • 701.17 Aesthetics (art)
  • 701.18 Criticism and appreciation (writing about art)
  • 702.8 Fine and decorative arts (techniques, procedures, equipment)
  • 703 Dictionaries, encyclopedias (art)
  • 704 Fine and decorative arts (special topics eg. iconography)
  • 706 Fine and decorative arts (organizations and management)
  • 707 Fine and decorative arts (education and research)
  • 708 Fine and decorative arts (galleries, museums and private collections)
  • 709 Fine and decorative arts (periods of development eg. impressionism)
  • 750 Painting and paintings
  • 752 Color (colour)
  • 753 Symbolism, allegory, mythology (art)
  • 759 Painting, historical, geographic, persons
  • 770 Photography

The Caulfield Library holds many catalogues of Australian and International artists' exhibitions. Search the library for an artist's name and the word exhibitions, e.g. Mueck exhibitions

Or, Search for the artist's name as a phrase, e.g. "Ron Mueck"


Use the Advanced Search option to search these subject terms:

  • architectural criticism
  • art critics
  • art criticism authorship
  • art terminology
  • writing and art